Bisi Bela Bath - Indian Samayal Recipes - Anitha Recipes

Bisi Bela Bath

Bisi Bela Bath

Rice - 1 cup
Toor Dhal - 1/4 cup
Tamarind - small lemon size
Onion - 1 chopped
Green Chilly - 1 chopped
Asafoetida - a pinch
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
Tomato - 1 chopped
Vegetables - 1 bowl (2 to 3 like beans, carrot, brinjal,cauliflower, okra..)
Cumin & Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Coriander Leaves - 2 tsp chopped
Cashew Nuts - few (optional)
Salt to taste
Ghee/Oil - 3 tsp

For Masala Powder:
Fenugreek Seeds - 1/4 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
Cinnamon Stick (Pattai) - 1
Dry Red Chilly & Cloves - 2
Coriander Seeds - 1 1/2 tsp
Urad & Channa Dhal - 2 tsp
Shredded/Chopped Coconut - 2 tsp


1) Soak the toor dhal and rice for 30 mins.

2) In low flame dry roast all the masala powder ingredients add one by one in the order listed above. Allow it to cool and then grind into a coarse powder and keep aside.

3) Heat ghee in a cooker/pan add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, cashew nuts and curry leaves after spluttering add chopped onion, green chilly, asafoetida, turmeric powder and fry till onions are translucent and add chopped tomatoes saute till they are soft. Add all chopped vegetables mix it and fry for 5 mins.

4) Add soaked rice & toor dhal and add 4-5 cups of water to cook rice & dhal. Close the pan/cooker and till the rice & dhal are cooked well.

5) After they cooked add grinder powder, tamarind water (soak and mix the tamarind in a cup of water), Salt and mix it well and cook for 5 mins. If its thick add extra water.

6) Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve with appalam, bondhi, pickle or and any side dish you like.
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